A very good book for younger children with strong foundations in self-trust and coming-of-age, Neubert uses a different voice in his narratives than yA very good book for younger children with strong foundations in self-trust and coming-of-age, Neubert uses a different voice in his narratives than your usual run-of-the-mill middle grade books that is captivating and engaging.
Timo is a reckless kid, wanting to prove to everyone he isn't just raw talent. His friend Dino wants nothing more than to read his books and try and keep Timo out of trouble. Val, a sort of crush of Timo's, wants to be independent and find her baby brother. The characters are woven together closely and very carefully, transitioning their maturity levels at a steady and rapid pace.
A great book about accepting those that are different and standing up for what you believe in. The writing is not completely polished and switches between "showing" and "telling" a little more than my tastes could handle sometimes, but this didn't hinder my appetite for the story line too much. I love the deep roots of nature this book has as well as the inventiveness of an entire complex culture introduced simply but extravagantly for a child rather than pages and pages on end of descriptions geared more for older readers.
I cannot wait to pick up the next book! I'm definitely going to let my mom have access to the book for her elementary schoolers....more
I loved Maria V. Snyder's STUDY Series, but was let down by the subsequent GLASS series and was only mildly impressed by the INSIDE series. TOUCH OF PI loved Maria V. Snyder's STUDY Series, but was let down by the subsequent GLASS series and was only mildly impressed by the INSIDE series. TOUCH OF POWER is a highly anticipated return to her story-telling in the STUDY series.
Avry was an awesome female protagonist, and there was amazing chemistry between her and the other characters. Yes, some plot threads were largely underdeveloped, especially towards the end, but I wasn't put out by that simply because 1. It's an ongoing series where questions will be answered eventually and 2. I was so mesmerized by the world and characters I was content to let those nagging questions slide, at least for a bit.
Maria V. Snyder has created a world separate from the STUDY and GLASS series' magicians, but with similar attention to detail and mechanisms in this new world. I am definitely in love with this series and Avry, although Yelena will always be my favorite I think.
If you loved the STUDY series and missed those characters (Opal just wasn't that strong of a protagonist in the GLASS series) you should definitely pick this one up. Just loved it!! Too bad we have to wait until 2013 for the next one....more
After so much hype and a gorgeous cover, I deeply wanted this book. I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC, only to be highly disappointed by thAfter so much hype and a gorgeous cover, I deeply wanted this book. I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC, only to be highly disappointed by the book itself.
The characters are fascinating, if a bit slow to develop, but the plot was the main problem. It felt that the author was overenthusiastic about writing and pours out several plot threads at once, most of which having nothing to do with the main agenda of the book. Tiki steals to care for her family, oh wait she has a mysterious birthmark-tattoo on her wrist, on wow she happens to be inside Buckingham palace and happens to have a ring fall right in front of her, she takes it... and then the writing changes completely. It's like two different writers tried to fit the same book idea and characters into one novel. The writing starts declining from "mediocre" to "childish" to "high schooler trying to write a book and make it big with no regards to prose or character development". It wasn't too bad, until everything is resolved. Then everything magically turns out okay; all that was missing was "and they lived happily ever after". Which, you know, is fine in some circumstances, but felt like silk tacked on to a burlap sack. It just doesn't fit together, no matter what you do.
Even the lore was weak, if nonexistent, to the point where I had no reservations on whether or not the agent even read any faerie books before taking this one on. I wanted to love it so much, even just like it, but in the end I just couldn't. It was a rocky "oh well this is getting better" only to turn to the next chapter and have it decline again.
It was just painful to read, having so much potential gradually get burned to dust. You're welcome to try it, but don't expect too much or your soul will cry a little....more
I read Bones of Faerie and fell in love with the world, accepting the fact that there probably wasn't going to be a sequel. In fact, I didn't even expI read Bones of Faerie and fell in love with the world, accepting the fact that there probably wasn't going to be a sequel. In fact, I didn't even expect one. But I was delighted when I saw there was one, forgetting how intense my love was for Bones of Faerie. Faerie Winter matched that adoration and rose above it.
Simner creates a world that is simplistically complicated. It's hard to explain. I felt it was pure, like the essence of, well, a faerie and not cluttered by dirt and other things that I enjoy equally in other fiction. This truly gives me a calm feeling when I read it, even as bad things are happening.
The story is done very well, and isn't a sequel as much as a companion, like the Artemis Fowl books always have a new story in each book but with the characters that tie them together. We get to explore more about the children After, their magic, and their need to be accepted and want to use their gifts to help and not harm. We also meet the cruel fae, the most cruel of the cruel in fact, The Lady herself. She was as beautiful and deadly as dry ice. And yet, as "dark" as everything was, the story never really had a dark or bleak tone. It felt like I was stuck in winter (as I read this with 90 degree weather outside) and I felt sleepy like I do during winter months.
Simner managed to catch the essence of winter in this book and balance it subtly with the knowledge that spring will come, but how easily to forget something when it's gone away for long periods. Do pick it up. Do yourself a favor. It will wow you and have you wanting more. Simner left enough threads where there could be another, but regardless, I am perfectly content with whatever is in store for our beloved characters....more
A fantastic book; I've loved since I picked it up. It takes Conn through the journey to save his home (and not get killed while trying!). I love Mrs.A fantastic book; I've loved since I picked it up. It takes Conn through the journey to save his home (and not get killed while trying!). I love Mrs. Prineas' way of writing, it's refreshing and light, but not too childish. I personally enjoy the way the story is told from Conn's point of view, his mind patterns. Although I was a bit confused at the end (I will ask the author later~) I loved it. Very very nice. <3 And as always, the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous!!
I've since found out that there's going to be a fourth in two or so years! Yay!!...more
Unfortunately, I am not a neutral third party enough to tell you why I loved this book. I can tell you that I started crying 50 pages until the end anUnfortunately, I am not a neutral third party enough to tell you why I loved this book. I can tell you that I started crying 50 pages until the end and through the Author's note that says "true love is worth waiting for". I loved this conclusion and I love Maggie's lyrical prose....more
Maggie's way of writing is eloquent and simplistic. Those seem like exact opposites, but in fact, mix when Maggie does it perfectly. The book was writMaggie's way of writing is eloquent and simplistic. Those seem like exact opposites, but in fact, mix when Maggie does it perfectly. The book was written with such poise that it was nearly impossible for me to put it down.
This is the story of what happens after... as so many ads put it. What happens when a wrench gets thrown into your master plan you just made. A very big wrench that is made of diamond that won't snap and breaks your plan into tiny pieces. It's so hard to say anything without spoiling, but you get to meet the new werewolves. More Isabel. More Sam and Grace.
Maggie's writing style is like a good chocolate. Not like Hershey's or any cheap chocolate where it isn't smooth, but like Godiva which is smooth on the tongue and going down. Her sharp wit and humor are lovingly written in every single sentence in this book. The characters come from very pretty green ink to people I would love to meet one day.